I just wanna fish (an animal crossing poem)
I come from a long line of lonely fishermen
carefully pacing the shore
hunting for snapper, or sea bass
pressing a to reel in
teaching my daughter to follow through
the only way I know how.
Unlike my father I fish for profit.
I fish to pay off a mortgage
and build a theme park
for diverse animal friends.
Unlike my grandfather I have such possibilities.
Like him, I miss out on basketball tournaments
have no patience for REO Speedwagon or
keep my eyes averted
texts to a minimum
my sensors focused
on sea vibrations
pulling in gold
big fish worth their weight in it
hanging my trophies next to virtual footballs
and bass guitars
unable to look behind me
for fear of salt
or perhaps of knowing
that the phone works both ways.
Selena Cotte is a poet/writer/shapeshifter with work in/forthcoming from Landfill, Sad Girl Review, Maudlin House, Hobart & other journals. She grew up a few miles from Disney World. Twitter: @selenacotte